Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Food: Tate & Lyle's Tasting House

Today I was invited to Tate & Lyle Sugar's Tasting House which is basically my dream house! And I mean literally...I think I dreamt this once, can't believe it came true. I ate my way through eight themed rooms filled with cakes, biscuits, cupcakes and anything edible that you can think of. Heaven!

This 'Hotel' is a creation of more than 14 artists who spent 2,000 hours baking and 900 decorating with more than 600 kilos of sugar! There was 2,000 macaroons, a rug made of 1,081 hand stitched meringues, 20 kilos of marshmallow garlands, a bath filled with caramel-coated popcorn and windowsills made entirely from fudge.

The eight tasting rooms were themed according to Tate & Lyle's new range of sugars inspired by regions from around the world (see more details below). I really enjoyed the cocktails served in vintage teacups, the mango cake and the cake filled egg shells. I might even try to make these soon, they were so much fun to eat.

I have to admit I am not a great cook and I am one of the many people that see sugar just as, well, one type of sugar. I had no idea there was a huge variety and what you could create with each type of sugar. The tasting house really showcased the versatility of golden and brown cane sugars and got me thinking about what I can experiment with next.

The tasting house (68 Dean Street, 11am-7pm) is open to the public tomorrow for one day'll regret it if you don't go.

Take a look at some photos from the event...

Mmmm...Gorgeous cupcake surrounded by caramel coated popcorn...look at that detailing!

Even the staircase had macarons everywhere!


Loved all the details in the rooms like these mini bottles of water and cocktails served in vintage tea cups

All the Tate & Lyle sugars on display

Beautiful details in the house decor

Doghnut tower?

Cupcakes in a shabby chic cage

T&L logo on a skull made of pure sugar

More macarons!

Yummy display

Me in my favourite room

Popcorn filled bath tub...too cool!

A rug made of meringues...what!?!? Genious

Still in my favourite the Marie Antoinette themed edible pillows and edible book. A lucky competition winner gets to spend the night here!

Tate & Lyle's new British inspired Golden Syrup Sugar...try it out when you make fruit desserts, marvelously moist cakes or to create shimmering glazes of sweet and savoury dishes

Details on the full range to help you pick:

Mayan Inspired Golden Caster
Delicious in: light sponge cakes, sugar-rich icings and billowing meringues

South Pacific Inspired Golden Granulated
Perfect for: making feather light pancakes and to balance the flavours in juicy orchard-druit tarts

British Inspired Golden Syrup
Splendid for: adding to fruit desserts, marvelously moist cakes and to make shimmering glazes for sweet and savoury dishes

Guyanese Inspired Demerara
Fab in: hot drinks and as a decorative touch to rich butter biscuits and oozing fruity crumbles

Caribbean Inspired Light Muscovado
Excellent for: breakfast and tea-time treats, luxurious muffins, fudgy brownies and crisp cookies

Mediterranean Inspired Light Soft Brown
Delicious in: a wonderful caramel sauce, for pouring over popcorn or to enhance fruity preserves and for adding a zing to cold meats

Mississippi Inspired Dark Soft Brown
Wonderful in: spiced aromatic fruity puddings, succulent pastry-topped pies and rich meaty stews

Barbados Inspired Dark Muscovado
Great for: adding extra depth and strong treacle-toffee notes to savoury barbecue marinades and classic fruit cakes

Available from Waitrose, Ocado and Tesco


1 comment

  1. How I didn't eat all of the macarons lining the stairs I don't know!



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